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VIN CE Course ALTM300-0316: Brilliant Sanity: How Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Make You More Effective and Happier
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA LPC
Course Open: March 27-May 29, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2016; 7:00-8:00 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The presenters for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to VIN and VSPN members actively interested in learning how to use Mindfulness in their practices and daily lives.
VIN CE Course: Open to VIN and VSPN members. This course does not qualify for AAVSB RACE approval.

Course Information:
Mindfulness meditation is a secular contemplative practice that has been shown to decrease stress, increase empathy, reduce burnout among health care professionals and contribute to a greater sense of well-being. While mindfulness is not a substitute for therapy, it has been used as adjunctive treatment for both depression and anxiety.

This course is designed to introduce mindfulness meditation to the participants and support the individual's personal practice through on-line meetings with like-minded professionals.

The course consists of eight (8) one-hour sessions, which will include didactic information about mindfulness, a 20-30 minute practice time and a question/answer session afterwards. Participants will also need to view the pre-recorded lecture in the library prior to attending a meditation session that week.

It is hoped that participants will continue to meet on-line after completion of the series, although this is not a requirement for participation. Ideally, participants should anticipate developing a personal meditation practice of 20-30 minutes most days. This personal practice is critical.

For additional information on the origin of this series, please visit Dr. Gaspar's rounds:
http://www.vin.com/Members/CMS/Rounds/Default.aspx?id=1391

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 3, 2016)
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA LPC
Format: Audio
Assignment (prior to April 3, 2016 Real Time Session): Watch the "Week 1 Video" in the course library.
Content: Empathy, Compassion, Sympathy - What do they really mean? Meditation session/question and comments regarding technique.

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 10, 2016)
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA LPC
Format: Audio
Assignment (prior to April 10, 2016 Real Time Session): Watch the "Week 2 Video" in the course library.
Content: Review of the neurobiological research on mindfulness and a review of several of the large-scale studies on the technique among health care providers and students. Meditation session/questions and comments regarding technique.

Week 3 (Real Time Session April 17, 2016)
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA LPC
Format: Audio
Assignment (prior to April 17, 2016 Real Time Session): Watch the "Week 3 Video" in the course library.
Content: Empathy, Compassion, Sympathy - What do they really mean? Meditation session/question and comments regarding technique.

Week 4 (Real Time Session April 24, 2016)
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA LPC
Format: Audio
Assignment (prior to April 24, 2016 Real Time Session): Watch the "Week 4 Video" in the course library.
Content: Dealing with difficult people. How does mindfulness help? Meditation session/questions and comments regarding technique.

Week 5 (Real Time Session May 1, 2016)
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA LPC
Format: Audio
Assignment (prior to May 1, 2016 Real Time Session): Watch the "Week 5 Video" in the course library.
Content: Using mindfulness to deal with staff issues. Meditation session/questions and comments regarding technique.

Week 6 (Real Time Session May 8, 2016)
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA LPC
Format: Audio
Assignment (prior to May 8, 2016 Real Time Session): Watch the "Week 6 Video" in the course library.
Content: Guest speaker. Meditation session/questions and comments regarding technique.

Week 7 (Real Time Session May 15, 2016)
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA LPC
Format: Audio
Assignment (prior to May 15, 2016 Real Time Session): Watch the "Week 7 Video" in the course library.
Content: Dealing with roadblocks to practice. How does one sustain mindfulness practice? Meditation session/question and comments regarding technique.

Week 8 (Real Time Session May 24, 2016)
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA LPC
Format: Audio
Assignment (prior to May 24, 2016 Real Time Session): Watch the "Week 8 Video" in the course library.
Content: A summary of where we have been? Planning the sustainability of this practice for ourselves.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session. If you have a set of headphones handy, using them during the meditation sessions will help limit external distractions.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenter:
Michele Gaspar is a VIN consultant (Feline Internal Medicine Folder) and holds a Master's in pastoral counseling from Loyola University/Chicago. She is a licensed professional counselor and is currently enrolled in the adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy program of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Michele has had a personal mindfulness meditation practice for 13 years and completed the certificate program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Newton, MA. She is a member of Ancient Dragon Gate Zen Center in Chicago. Michele is currently completing the two-year certificate program in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy through the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and is a part-time staff therapist at the C.G Jung Center in Evanston, IL. Her interests include the use of meditation as an antidote to professional burnout, compassion fatigue and stress. Michele has lectured on mindfulness meditation to veterinarians, veterinary support staff and shelter personnel.

Total CE Credit: 0

Tuition: Free to VIN and VSPN members

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on Friday, April 1st at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email CEonVIN@vin.com. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course does not qualify for AAVSB RACE approval. This course does not qualify for CE credit." Call VIN at 1-800-700-4636 for further information.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
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